The recently released Fifty Shades Darker is doing far better than expected.
Universal’s sexy drama Fifty Shades Darker reeled in $22.5 million worth of business at the international box office through Thursday and a three-day gross of $48.2 million.
The studio projected an opening weekend of $39 to $44 million for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, a significant drop from the original, which opened to $85 million on Valentine’s Day weekend two years ago. Fifty Shades of Grey went on to reel in $571 million worldwide.
Fifty Shades Darker also topped the Thursday charts with $5.7 million despite an abysmal 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s not expected to win the weekend, as The Lego Batman Movie should draw plenty of Saturday and Sunday daytime moviegoers.
The film is based on the erotic novel series by EL James and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising their roles as main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote also feature in the movie. James Foley directs Fifty Shades Darker, while Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti return to produce alongside James.
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